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This book offers a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking exercises in fundamental chess skills. It will help players of all standards to identify strengths and pinpoint areas of their play that need their attention. The first half of the book tests the player's ability in each part of the game. Opening Exercises test the player's ability to develop harmoniously and to find creative solutions in the first part of the game. The middlegame section assesses the player's proficiency at making decisions relating to attack and defense, prophylactic thinking and finding the correct plan. The endgame challenges focus on the basic essential knowledge that often decides real-life games. The second half of the book is comprised of "How Good Is Your Chess" exercises, where the reader is asked to follow one side through a complete game, trying to guess each move as if playing a real game. Points are awarded according to accuracy of the reader's decisions. Full, detailed solutions are given to all exercises.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2000
Publisher Gambit Publications
ISBN 1901983358 ISBN13 9781901983357
Availability 0 units.
More About Steffen Pedersen
International Master Pedersen is a young player from Denmark who first attained notoriety by scoring a grandmaster norm when he was 16.
Reviews - What do customers think about Test Your Chess?
Difficult Book: Are You Prepared? Motivated? Feb 27, 2001
This book is divided into two parts: the first contains problems covering the opening (11 positions), middlegame (12 positions), and endgame (18 positions) and the second consists of 16 self-test games (similar to �How Good is Your Chess� or �Solitaire Chess� from Chess Life).
The problems are very difficult, maybe too difficult for most players. For comparison, I have an over-the-board USCF rating that�s varied between 1750-1850 (which is at least 80th percentile) and I found most of the problems frustrating. However, Pedersen�s solutions and annotations are convincing: his effort shows and I did feel I learned something.
The �How Good Is Your Chess?� section with its sixteen games is slightly easier going but not to be rushed through. If you�ve sped through Chess Life�s �Solitaire Chess� with good results, you�ll be surprised at how difficult these games are. The games deserve close to tournament length amounts of time to solve, so much so that I almost felt that I had been the player.
If you�re sure you�re a strong player or highly motivated, than this book might be for you. If you�re relatively lower-rated, or looking for more casual combination books, I think you�d be disappointed here.